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Walter A. Gordon

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Walter Gordon
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Judge of the United States District Court of the Virgin Islands
In office
1958–1968
Appointed byDwight D. Eisenhower
Preceded byHerman Moore
Succeeded byAlmeric Christian
18th Governor of the United States Virgin Islands
In office
October 17, 1955 – September 25, 1958
LieutenantJohn David Merwin
Preceded byCharles Claunch (Acting)
Succeeded byJohn David Merwin
Personal details
Born
Walter Arthur Gordon

(1894-10-10)October 10, 1894
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
DiedApril 2, 1976(1976-04-02) (aged 81)
Piedmont, California, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Fisher
EducationUniversity of California, Berkeley (BA, JD)

Walter Arthur Gordon (October 10, 1894 – April 2, 1976) was the first African American to receive a doctorate of law from UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall law school. He had an extremely long and varied career where he served as a police officer, lawyer, assistant football coach, member of the California Adult Authority, Governor of the United States Virgin Islands, and a Federal District Judge.

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Transcription

In order to get to the next level I had to make sacrifices The reality was I was overweight I was out of shape You know what? I started to give up soda and only drink water I gave up french fries before I knew it I had to get disciplined So my question for anybody to get to the next level What are you willing to sacrifice? What are you willing to give up? Who are you willing to stop hanging around? You know what? I spent a lot of time drinking and hanging out with my boys I had to give that up and while they were at the nightclub while they were at the bar drinking I got into the stadium I stole the key from the manager and then midnight I would get shots up at midnight I would work on my game and that's the kind of passion that's the kind of commitment it takes to get to that next level So as a training and development person my first question is to make sure What are you willing to give up? What is your discipline like? What is your work ethic like? Are you just comfortable right now? You got an $80,000 job and you're comfortable You work on a work queue and you're comfortable You can't get comfortable, none of us can arrive none of us can just go through the motions our job is to get bigger, stronger and faster Our job is to get better All my clients at least, minimum gotta get 10% better You can't hang around me and not get better You can't hang around me and stay the same Because me staying the same almost ruined my future By staying the same I got stuck and I got inspired that I gotta get better I gotta get to this next level and I'm obsessed with this next level Now I'm obsessed with helping you get to your next level you can't afford to stay the same I want you to travel I want you to have a big house I want you to have a nice car but most important I want you to get to the top I want you to have your dreams come true so you can have this feeling that I have This feeling that I have nobody can take it away I know what it feels like to have a hope and a dream and to get it We're not chasing dreams we're catching them ♪♪♪ What is your dream? What did you stay in front of that classroom in third grade? What did you say to that teacher? What did you tell your mom and your friends? What did you say before you gave up? What did you say before reality became... became your truth? When did you accept the lie? When did you get comfortable? When did you get off track? When did you stop? When did you quit? I'm here to push you I'm here to drive you I'm here to connect with you When did you give up? When did you talk yourself out of it? I need you to talk yourself back into it I need you to make sure that you get those notes out What are your goals? What are your dreams? I'm here to help you I know you can get there I know you can get to that next level No doubt about it but you gotta work baby You gotta work you gotta rise up early You got to go to bed late Let me tell you something you got to get obsessive What are you obsessed with? You can't act normal and think you will make normal money You can't act common and think you're gonna live in a common house Any successful person I've ever seen in my life They are different They are obsessive They are uncommon And if you want to get to that next level you got to do something different baby because who you are today is not your potential Who you are today is just a point of reference Don't you ever confuse your potential with who you are right now and my job is to be on a mission to help you get to your next level I'm not going to let you quit I'm not going to let you stop I'm not going to let you have excuses I'm not gonna let you come up with justifications Because right now I promise you You have justified something in your mind and in your reality you think it's true You think it's really true on why you're not where you're supposed to be? Let me tell you something You need to get to where you're supposed to be I remember when I was in high school the bell would ring and the principal would come into the hallway If you were out in the hallway after the bell he would yell and say: "Hey hey, where you supposed to be son?" "Hey young lady, where are you supposed to be?" and all the students would run to class because they knew where they were supposed to be So, can I ask you a question? Where are you supposed to be? Based on your dreams Based on your goals Based on your vision Where are you supposed to be? That night changed my life My father reminded me of where I was supposed to be and all of a sudden I had to become somebody different in order to get to where I'm supposed to be See I'm in the transformation business That's all I'm about Your next level requires you to transform You got to think better You have to execute better And you have to win better But it requires transformation You can't stay the same and get to where you're supposed to be Your company can't stay the same and get to where it's supposed to be Our job is to improve Our job is to get bigger Our job is to get stronger Our job is to get faster Every single year I'm gonna push you Every single year I'm gonna drive you until you reach your potential And you can go back to your class reunion And you can look at your classmates and say: "Yep, yep, yep. I'm that lawyer, I was supposed to be" I'm that entrepreneur I'm supposed to be I'm on the global platform doing international business just like I told you way back when in the third grade Always get to where you're supposed to be You know, I was a high school star I just thought I was on to do great things I was a typical kid, you know, we all sat in front of class in the third grade and fourth grade and said what we were gonna be when we grew up You know, I was no different than any other student Everybody in the world did that, right? It was like an exercise we all did So my message was I'm gonna play pro sports and when I'm done playing pro sports I'm gonna make more money in business than I did in sports and everything was going along fine Until when I got to college I found myself sitting on the bench A high school star basically becoming a scrub sitting on the bench And I never forget all of a sudden I recalibrated my dreams and goals and my father called me on the phone this was a turning point He asked me a question that really changed my life He said: "Son, you don't play. Why not?" And I gave him what I thought was my truth I gave him what I thought was my reality only to find out now It was an excuse I said: "Dad it's pure politics" "Dad it's political" My father said: "What?" He said: "Son if you can help that coach win you will play" "Go back and do what you said you're gonna do" Now all of a sudden I got reconnected to that little kid on the inside of me I had dreams and goals that get into the next level I went to my coach and I said: "Coach, what do I need to do to play in the NBA?" See, in many cases sometimes we get stuck We get stagnant and we lose that fire and that passion because we forgot our vision We forgot our goals We forgot our dreams and all of a sudden reality takes over All of a sudden circumstances take over Ladies and gentlemen I'm on a mission to make sure that everybody in this world knows that that next level is waiting for you You can become that person you wanted to be when you were 10, or 11 and 12 You don't have to let your reality take over and all of a sudden you live this normal life You don't want to have a normal life I'll have a job and just be normal I'll have a company and just be average I'm telling you You should be on a mission to get to that next level My coach told me what I needed to work on And ladies and gentlemen I had to up my game I had to start working hard, right? I stole the key from a manager and I would go into the arena at midnight and work on my game work on my left hand work on my right hand I got fundamentally sound All of a sudden I began to realize that I gotta get better I'm not just good enough and I began to confuse my potential with who I was at the time That might be the biggest mistake that people make around the world they confuse their potential with who I was at the time People get hired based on their potential but your work ethic is what's gonna make you vice president Your work ethic is gonna make sure that you become a CEO being fundamentally sound in marketing, in selling and customer service I became fundamentally sound and I made it to the NBA and before I knew it... I got cut Because I realized that all I wanted to do was to get there I had no vision to be an impact player Ladies and gentlemen you got the job But that's not enough Don't relax don't settle You got to get bigger, stronger and faster You got to get better, you got to make sure that your work ethic Getting that job is just the beginning that's not the end You want to live your dreams you want to have your goals You want to get to that next level ladies and gentlemen You want to take trips you want to have a nice house you want to have a nice car You want to know powerful people so your kids can have access and their life can be easier than yours You are beginning a legacy and your job is not just take your career to the next level your job is to take your family to the next level so your kids are better positioned than you were All of a sudden when my career ended I had no money coming in and I was starting over from scratch but there was a difference I knew what it took to be the best in the world I sat down with the speaker who was a Hall of Fame speaker and I said: "What do I need to do to become a Hall of Fame speaker like you? and at this breakfast I did not have enough money to pay for it And he told me what I needed to do to get to the next level And did it So here I am it's the Hall of Fame induction and another speaker came up to me and says: "You know what? aren't you excited? you're getting inducted into the Hall of Fame” and I looked her in her eyes and I said: "you know what? Miss, I am very excited But this time... I expected to be here” This time I knew exactly what it took to get to that next level So when I go and speak I'm all about the next level When I coach executives I'm all about the next level You have to match the fundamentals you have to have a good vision You have to make sure your mindset is right you have to make sure you understand how to operate in a team but most importantly you have to be accountable We live a world where people lack accountability that's why my best-selling book All Buts Stink! is so popular It's how to live your best life and eliminate excuses because until any of us own our situation Until we become accountable We are all crippled by our own excuses that we believe are real All I want people to know is that they can get 10% better every single year If we get 10% better every single year In 5 years you won't notice you- in 5 years you won't notice your own bank account you won't notice your own career, you will get bigger, stronger and faster you will get more effective, you will get promoted you'll drive more revenue But ladies and gentlemen next level is about purpose next level is about understanding what it takes to get there I'm on a mission because if I can get to that next level in two different industries I know that I got a message for the whole world and I have the information that I can teach to make sure that anyone can have that dream come true that they had in their third grade class that they had in their fourth grade class Don't give up on your dreams Don't quit Don't pick reality I'm telling you that dream that you had way back when can become true and it can become... your reality,

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Early life and education

Gordon was born in Atlanta, Georgia, though his family moved to Riverside, California in 1904. He graduated from Riverside Polytechnic High School before enrolling in the University of California, Berkeley, where he lettered in football (as a lineman for the California Golden Bears), boxing, and wrestling.

Gordon was the star of Cal's boxing team, winning the California State Championship. He was the star of Cal's wrestling team, winning the California State Championship in that sport as well. He was also a star on Andy Smith's early Cal football teams, playing on both the offensive and defensive lines. In fact, during his Cal football career, at one time or another he played every position on both lines except center. At 6'0" and 200 pounds, he was one of the biggest men on the team, but with tremendous quickness, and an instinct for knowing where to be on the field.

He was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. He was also a founding member of the Alpha Epsilon chapter at University of California, Berkeley.

In 1918 he became one of the first two African-American All-Americans (the first was Paul Robeson). He was later named to the College Football Hall of Fame.[1] He graduated in 1918 and enrolled in Boalt Hall to study law. He married Mary Elizabeth Fisher on July 22, 1920[2][3] and received his law degree in 1922.

Careers in California

In 1919, Gordon began two of his careers: he was hired as a scout and part-time assistant coach of the Golden Bears and joined the police force in Berkeley, California. In 1922, he began his third career and opened a law office in Oakland, California. He continued all three jobs until 1930, when he retired from the police force. He was branch president of the Berkeley NAACP in the 1930s. During the Zoot Suit Riots of Los Angeles in 1943 there were clashes between Mexican American youths and servicemen. Governor Earl Warren sent a team, headed by Walter Gordon, to Los Angeles to evaluate the conflict. Later in 1943, he retired as the assistant coach to join the California Adult Authority, that state's parole board, and eventually became chairman, serving for nine years. In 1944, he retired from law.

Careers in the United States Virgin Islands

In 1955, while still working for the Adult Authority, he was appointed Governor of the United States Virgin Islands. That same year, he was named as UC Berkeley alumnus of the year and received the Benjamin Ide Wheeler Medal.[4] In 1958, he resigned as Governor to take an appointment as a Federal Judge of the District Court of the Virgin Islands, where he served for 10 years.[3]

References

  1. ^ "Walter Gordon Member Biography". Hall of Famers. National Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved April 14, 2010.
  2. ^ "New 'First Lady' of Virgin Islands says she admires Islanders". Baltimore Afro-American. October 11, 1955. p. 3. Retrieved May 6, 2010.
  3. ^ a b Gordon, Walter (et al., Interviewees) (1976–1979). "John D. Merwin: Self-recorded interview". Athlete, Officer in Law Enforcement and Administration, Governor of the Virgin Islands: oral history transcript / Walter Gordon. Interviewed by Anne Hus Brower, Caryn Prince, Rosemary Levenson & Amelia R. Fry. Berkeley, California: Bancroft Library. Regional Oral History Office. pp. 621 p. (Vols. 1–2). Retrieved April 14, 2010.
  4. ^ Benjamin Ide Wheeler Medal- Retrieved 2018-07-31
  • Shuster, Alvin (October 8, 1955). "New Governor of Virgin Islands Is Sworn In by the Chief Justice". New York Times. New York. p. 9.
  • Finn, Gary (April 6, 1976). "Obituary: Walter A. Gordon of the Virgin Islands". New York Times. New York. p. 36.
Political offices
Preceded by
Charles Claunch
Acting
Governor of the United States Virgin Islands
1955–1958
Succeeded by
John David Merwin
Legal offices
Preceded by
Herman Moore
Judge of the United States District Court of the Virgin Islands
1958–1968
Succeeded by
Almeric Christian
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